Zion National Park I-15 Roadtrip Stopover

It's easy to just plot a route and follow the given path. But what if you venture outside the lines? You might discover beauty you never knew existed.

Hands down, of every cross-country drive I've ever taken, Zion National Park tops the list as my absolute favorite, most memorable and scenic stopover.

If your upcoming roadtrip traverses along I-15 through Utah, this is a place I recommend making the time to experience. The best part is, it won't take you too far off the beaten path.


Nestled in Southwestern Utah in the town of Springdale, it's only a 25 mile detour off of I-15.


It's gorgeous. The 229 square mile park is nature at its finest, just completely unmatched. Slot canyons, sandstone cliffs, red rocks, mountainous vistas...

Springdale, Utah is an adorable community in and of itself with cute cafes, a free town shuttle, and easy access to the park amenities.

Zion is a hiker's paradise. While I did an easy waterfall trail, you can spring for more strenuous, adrenaline-filled options such as Angel's Landing. {Download a PDF of Zion's hikes}

It's only $12 per person to gain access to the park!


The Desert Pearl is a home away from home with spacious rooms and towering red rock formations offering a stunning backdrop. This is the only night on my cross country journey that I splurged on accommodations, but it was worth it.


Deep Creek Coffee Co. for amazing scones, good coffee, and pretty mountain views

MeMe's for out-of-this-world crepes, quiche, and homemade BBQ

Oscar's is a solid option for a great burger, sweet potato fries, and/or a burrito

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